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More memory for the Gaming Server (L4D/L4D2 host)

by on Dec.03, 2009, under News, Techie

While playing Left 4 Dead 2 I have seen some odd lag that shows as lost connection in HLSW, but the server itself (the Host/Guest (Dom0/U OS)) doesn’t loose any pings nor does it seem to have any abnormal traffic/usage/load on any of the hardware (NIC, Hard Drives (RAID5), Memory, or CPUs). It also seems to only last a few seconds, but that is still enough to ruin the game for many. It runs smooth after a fresh reboot of the Guest OS (DomU), which makes me think (along with no-ping-lose) that it may be the SRCDS (HLDS) server itself and because I already know I run the memory really tight (due to a lack of it in the server as a whole).
So I am hoping to get 4GB more of ram for the server sometime this month. If anyone has some to donate please do! This will allow me to dedicated 3GB of memory to each Guest (DomU) OS and then 2GB to the Host (Dom0) OS.
It may also be an issue with the sever.cfg file for Left 4 Dead 2 and the bandwidth/rate settings I am using event though I am using the same as I did on Left 4 Dead. But more memory on a gaming server (or any server!) will never hurt!

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